lttng-save(1) — Linux manual page


LTTNG-SAVE(1)                 LTTng Manual                 LTTNG-SAVE(1)

NAME         top

       lttng-save - Save LTTng tracing session configurations

SYNOPSIS         top

       lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] save [--force] [--output-path=PATH] [SESSION]

DESCRIPTION         top

       The lttng save command saves the configurations of one or more
       tracing sessions to files.

       The lttng save command is used in conjunction with the
       lttng-load(1) command to save and restore the complete
       configurations of tracing sessions. This includes the enabled
       channels and event rules, the context added to channels, the
       tracing activity, and more. lttng save does not save tracing
       data, only the tracing session parameters.

       If SESSION is omitted, all the existing tracing session
       configurations are saved (equivalent to using the --all option).
       Otherwise, SESSION is the name of an existing tracing session.
       lttng list outputs all the existing tracing sessions (see

       The default output directory path is $LTTNG_HOME/.lttng/sessions
       ($LTTNG_HOME defaults to $HOME). Each tracing session
       configuration file is named SESSION.lttng, where SESSION is the
       original tracing session name. The default output directory path
       can be overridden with the --output-path option.

       By default, existing tracing session configuration files are not
       overwritten when saving; the command fails. The --force option
       can be used to allow this.

OPTIONS         top

       General options are described in lttng(1).

       -a, --all
           Save all tracing session configurations (default).

       -f, --force
           Overwrite existing tracing session configuration files when

       -o PATH, --output-path=PATH
           Set output directory path to PATH.

   Program information
       -h, --help
           Show command help.

           This option, like lttng-help(1), attempts to launch
           /usr/bin/man to view the command’s man page. The path to the
           man pager can be overridden by the LTTNG_MAN_BIN_PATH
           environment variable.

           List available command options.


           Set to 1 to abort the process after the first error is

           Overrides the $HOME environment variable. Useful when the
           user running the commands has a non-writable home directory.

           Absolute path to the man pager to use for viewing help
           information about LTTng commands (using lttng-help(1) or
           lttng COMMAND --help).

           Path in which the session.xsd session configuration XML
           schema may be found.

           Full session daemon binary path.

           The --sessiond-path option has precedence over this
           environment variable.

       Note that the lttng-create(1) command can spawn an LTTng session
       daemon automatically if none is running. See lttng-sessiond(8)
       for the environment variables influencing the execution of the
       session daemon.

FILES         top

           User LTTng runtime configuration.

           This is where the per-user current tracing session is stored
           between executions of lttng(1). The current tracing session
           can be set with lttng-set-session(1). See lttng-create(1) for
           more information about tracing sessions.

           Default output directory of LTTng traces. This can be
           overridden with the --output option of the lttng-create(1)

           User LTTng runtime and configuration directory.

           Default location of saved user tracing sessions (see
           lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).

           System-wide location of saved tracing sessions (see
           lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).


           $LTTNG_HOME defaults to $HOME when not explicitly set.

EXIT STATUS         top


           Command error

           Undefined command

           Fatal error

           Command warning (something went wrong during the command)

BUGS         top

       If you encounter any issue or usability problem, please report it
       on the LTTng bug tracker <

RESOURCES         top

       •   LTTng project website <>

       •   LTTng documentation <>

       •   Git repositories <>

       •   GitHub organization <>

       •   Continuous integration <>

       •   Mailing list <> for support and

       •   IRC channel <irc://>: #lttng on

COPYRIGHTS         top

       This program is part of the LTTng-tools project.

       LTTng-tools is distributed under the GNU General Public License
       version 2 <
       licenses/gpl-2.0.en.html>. See the LICENSE
       <> file
       for details.

THANKS         top

       Special thanks to Michel Dagenais and the DORSAL laboratory
       <> at École Polytechnique de
       Montréal for the LTTng journey.

       Also thanks to the Ericsson teams working on tracing which helped
       us greatly with detailed bug reports and unusual test cases.

AUTHORS         top

       LTTng-tools was originally written by Mathieu Desnoyers, Julien
       Desfossez, and David Goulet. More people have since contributed
       to it.

       LTTng-tools is currently maintained by Jérémie Galarneau

SEE ALSO         top

       lttng-load(1), lttng(1)

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